Arsenal manager Unai Emery wants Mesut Ozil to fight to revive his flagging Gunners career.
The German’s future at the Emirates is under a huge cloud after he was omitted from the last two matches – although Arsenal are adamant Ozil was injured for Sunday’s epic 4-2 win over Tottenham.
Emery is reluctant to draw an indefinite line under Ozil’s Arsenal future but the hard-line manager wants to see a forceful reaction.
It is understood Emery – despite his obvious doubts over Ozil – still believes the ex-Real Madrid star can play a role for the club moving forward.
However the Gunners manager wants to see a change in attitude from Ozil and wants convincing the forward has the appetite to claw his way back into the team.
He is likely to miss Wednesday’s showdown against Manchester United, Emery insisting on Monday that Ozil was training alone in a bid to overcome the back problem that ruled him out of the north London derby.
Despite suspicion over Ozil’s latest injury set-back, it is understood the German is suffering from a back complaint, which is causing a difficulty in terms of mobility.
The extent of the injury is unclear. Indeed, there is a feeling by certain figures at the club’s London Colney HQ that Ozil could have made himself available for the clash against Tottenham. Even if he was available, the likelihood was that he would have started on the bench.
Figures close to Emery insist the Spaniard was keen to avoid the scenario he encountered at Paris Saint-Germain where Neymar called the shots.